Veteran and well-known Washington DC based experimental artist Violet (Jeff Surak) presents on con-v this long track, his latest work; "okraina" is a nocturnal piece, a trip to the end of night.
" Okraina was constructed from field recordings made in December 2003 while on tour in Russia and Ukraine. Gas heated kitchen pipes, men sleeping in a train compartment, passing trains, light bulbs, soviet refrigerators, train toilets are the sources. The sounds where minimally mixed and processed, and the stranger sounds are more a result of strategic microphone placement and the lofi microcassette recorder than software". [ Jeff Surak ]
February 19, 2011 Subject:
I love this file. Its got good sound and the drones put me to sleep almost every time. Padge
April 16, 2006 Subject:
A Sense of Coherence
With this release Violet (Jeff Surak) gives a sense of coherence to collection of arbitrary found sounds/field recordings recorded during a trip to Russia and the Ukraine relying only on the deliberate placement of the recording devices along with some nominal mixing and processing. The sounds of trains, toilets, clanging pipes, the snoring of sleeping men, noisy refrigerator motors, and the humming of electric light bulbs are among the sounds here that are rearranged, lightly processed, and given a new life. This single track seems to be partitioned into four segments: Segment 1 is a noisy drone-like cacophony of percussive clinks and clanks and the sounds of a flushed toilet (?) (0 - 3:45) ; Segment 2 is minimal and quiet with the sounds of snoring men the main source (3:46 - 6;:40) ; As Segment 2 fades, a dense, ominous drone arrives in Segment 3 (likened to the roaring sounds of on on-coming train) lightly textured with some unidentifiable sounds (6:41 - 14: 30) ; Segment 4 ends the composition with a collage of the unassuming sounds of snoring men, abstract percussive noises, and a thick, but gentle, drone (14:31 - 23:44). -LAJ-